Dogs deserve better treatment

In my 26 years of living in Portales, I have never complained to any city official. Now, I can no longer remain silent. I am appalled at the level of cruelty to animals in Roosevelt County. As I walk my friend’s dog near Lime Street, the conditions I see bring me near tears. There are [...]

It’s Their Job: Tracie Hanks

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Name: Tracie Hanks Job: Animal Control, Level 2 Certified with National Animal Control Association. Background: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and animal rescue in New York, and 15 years being a military spouse in places around the world such as Germany, Japan and Panama. Time on the job: Three years. Q. [...]

Ex-police chief won’t face charges

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Additional animal cruelty charges against a former Melrose police chief will not be pursued, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Mike Trammell, 37, was acquitted June 7 in Magistrate Court on one count of animal cruelty. The District Attorney’s Office was considering filing six charges of animal cruelty in District [...]

Former Melrose police chief acquitted of animal cruelty charge

Freedom Newspapers A former Melrose police chief was acquitted Thursday by a Magistrate Court on one count of animal cruelty. Michael Trammell, 37, resigned as police chief in October after he was charged with seven counts of animal cruelty. “He’s pleased to put the matter behind him,” Trammell’s attorney, Tye Harmon said. Harmon said his [...]

Animal cruelty charges against ex-chief reduced

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A former Melrose police chief will face a single animal cruelty charge after a Magistrate Court judge ordered the prosecutor to dismiss six other charges, according to court records filed Thursday. Records show Magistrate Judge Buddy Hall — who previously ordered the charges be prosecuted individually — based his decision [...]